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It is easy to see how this book is relevant to understanding America today - society, politics and government.
Wood doesn't quite say it this way, but his basic argument is this: the founding generation were trying to create a new society, but they failed to create the one they envisioned. Instead, the society they created turned out better - from the perspective of modern Americans - because it is more democratic than they imagined any place ever could be.
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What did you love best about The Radicalism of the American Revolution?
This account of the revolution is fascinating for its focus on issues of class which were, on the one hand, much less distinct than those of England, and yet more distinct than we would recognize. It is a useful perspective for me as a history teacher.
What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?
I prefer readers who don't call attention to themselves in the reading. This fits the bill
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Would you listen to The Radicalism of the American Revolution again? Why?
Probably would not listen again, it was quite heavy and chock full of facts (which is also a strength)
Who was your favorite character and why?
Not sure this question applies, it's a non-fiction book - but I'm going to say Alexander Hamilton
Which character – as performed by Paul Boehmer – was your favourite?
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
The redcoats were ... Actually Very Bad
Any additional comments?
This is a really amazing, in-depth book that will help you understand both Britain and America better.